Durkan calls for DSD staff to help out Ulster Bank

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SDLP Social Development spokesperson Mark H Durkan has called on Minister Nelson McCausland to deploy social security staff to Ulster Bank branches.

The Derry MLA says that civil servants could assist bank workers and benefit claimants experiencing difficulty due to the backlog in payments being processed because of the Ulster Bank’s system failure.

The Foyle MLA has also urged the Social Development Minister to set aside crisis loans for people who are struggling to survive due to the bank’s crisis. He said: “I am calling on the Social Development Minister to ensure that his department facilitates benefit claimants whose allowances have been delayed to the banking backlog. This is an extremely difficult time for most Ulster Bank customers, not just those on benefits. People are finding it tough to meet their direct debits, pay their bills and feed their children.”